We are used to when we talk about architecture from an artistic point of view it is about churches, palaces or buildings built for large clients. However, with contemporary architecture residential buildings also enter books and websites dedicated to the history of art. At least some of them like this peculiar and interesting construction of the Iceberg building.
Aarhus Iceberg Building
A residential complex of some 200 dwellings occupying more than 21,000 square meters built in the seaport of the city of Aarhus in Denmark. In fact, the construction stands in the port area of the old container terminal, so it is a construction intended to revitalize a disused space. Since there are areas of this port that are being recovered for citizens, such as cultural spaces, leisure areas, car parks and also homes like these that range from civil protection to others intended for a more exclusive public.
That is to say, it is a major project and framed within a specific and more global urban and social concept, which is why the authorities took it out to an international competition that was finally won by a group of four architectural offices, two Danish, one Dutch and one French (JDS Architects, CEBRA ofAarhus, SeArch, and Louis Paillard, respectively).
The result has been a most futuristic building, whose front view is facing the sea and the back facing the city, as well as water channels on the sides. In other words, due to its location, its shapes with edges and its color, it simulates a gigantic floating iceberg. Hence its name.
But that form is not only an aesthetic or symbolic reference. It also has a practical meaning, since those characteristic peaks and canyons allow the apartments to be bathed in as much sunlight as possible, something more than valuable in these Danish lands. And in addition, these forms cause the different surfaces of the houses, thus having different categories suitable for all budgets, both for rent and for purchase.
And curiously, despite that peculiar aspect and the imaginative spatial development for each house, the truth is that from a point of view of building materials, everything is quite traditional, since prefabricated concrete panels were used. Of course, mixed with fragments of white marble, which is the cause of those shines when illuminated, recalling the large icebergs that are visible in the seas that surround this area of the world. In addition to the fact that this mixture makes the concrete more resistant to wear and erosion caused by s alt water and the sea breeze.